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Metamorphosing Dante: Appropriations, Manipulations, and Rewritings in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Ed. by Gragnolati, Camilletti, Lampart. Wien/Berlin: Turia+Kant, 2011

After almost seven centuries, Dante endures and even seems to haunt the present. Metamorphosing Dante explores what so many authors, artists and thinkers from varied backgrounds have found in Dante’s oeuvre, and the ways in which they have engaged with it through rewritings, dialogues, and transpositions. By establishing trans-disciplinary routes, the volume shows that, along with a corpus of multiple linguistic and narrative structures, characters, and stories, Dante has provided a field of tensions in which to mirror and investigate one’s own time. Authors explored include Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, André Gide, Derek Jarman, LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, James Joyce, Wolfgang Koeppen, Jacques Lacan, Thomas Mann, James Merrill, Eugenio Montale, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Cesare Pavese, Giorgio Pressburger, Robert Rauschenberg, Vittorio Sereni, Virginia Woolf.

Manuele Gragnolati teaches Dante Studies at the University of Oxford, where he is Fellow of Somerville College. Fabio Camilletti is Assistant Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Warwick. Fabian Lampart is Privatdozent in German Literature at the University of Freiburg.

CONTRIBUTORS: Erminia Ardissino, Piero Boitani, Fabio Camilletti, Antonella Francini, Nicola Gardini, Manuele Gragnolati, Rachel Jacoff, Nick Havely, Tristan Kay, Dennis Looney, Davide Luglio, Manuela Marchesini, Angela Merte-Rankin, James Miller, Federica Pich, Teresa Prudente, Ronald de Rooy, Francesca Southerden, Florian Trabert, Rebecca West

Volume 2 of the series 'Cultural Inquiry' with Turia + Kant.

414 S., 16 x 24 cm, EUR 40
ISBN 978-3-85132-617-8

Table of Contents & Preface (pdf, 500kB)

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  1. Fabio Camilletti, Manuele Gragnolati, Fabian Lampart: Metamorphosing Dante


  2. Federica Pich: Dante’s ‘Strangeness’: The Commedia and the Late Twentieth-Century Debate on the Literary Canon
  3. Piero Boitani: Irish Dante: Yeats, Joyce, Beckett
  4. Nicola Gardini: Dante as a Gay Poet


  5. Angela Merte-Rankin:  Dante’s Inferno and Walter Benjamin’s Cities: Considerations of Place, Experience, and Media
  6. Florian Trabert: ‘Il mal seme d’Adamo’: Dante’s Inferno and the Problem of Literary Representation of Evil in Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus and Wolfgang Koeppen’s Der Tod in Rom
  7. Tristan Kay: ‘Una modesta Divina Commedia’: Dante as Anti-Model in Cesare Pavese’s La luna e i falò
  8. Rachel Jacoff: Reclaiming Paradiso: Dante in the Poetry of James Merrill and Charles Wright
  9. Erminia Ardissino: ‘Perché mi vince il lume d’esta stella’: Giovanni Giudici’s Rewriting of Dante’s Paradiso for the Theatre
  10. Francesca Southerden: ‘Per-tras-versioni’ dantesche: Post-Paradisiacal Constellations in the Poetry of Vittorio Sereni and Andrea Zanzotto


  11. Fabio Camilletti: Human Desire, Deadly Love: The Vita Nova in Gide, Delay, Lacan
  12. Rebecca West: Wives and Lovers in Dante and Eugenio Montale
  13. James Miller: Man with Snake: Dante in Derek Jarman’s Edward II
  14. Manuele Gragnolati: Rewriting Dante after Freud and the Shoah: Giorgio Pressburger’s Nel regno oscuro 


  15. Teresa Prudente: ‘Misi me per l’alto mare aperto’: Personality and Impersonality in Virginia Woolf’s Reading of Dante’s Allegorical Language
  16. Nick Havely: ‘Hell on a Paying Basis’: Morality, the Market, and the Movies in Harry Lachman’s Dante’s Inferno (1935)
  17. Manuela Marchesini: From Giorgio Agamben’s Italian Category of ‘Comedy’ to ‘Profanation’ as the Political Task of Modernity: Ingravallo's Soaring Descent, or Dante According to Carlo Emilio Gadda
  18. Dennis Looney: Literary Heresy: The Dantesque Metamorphosis of LeRoi Jones into Amiri Baraka
  19. Antonella Francini: Transferring Dante: Robert Rauschenberg’s Thirty-Four Illustrations for the Inferno
  20. Davide Luglio: ‘Anziché allargare, dilaterai!’: Allegory and Mimesis from Dante’s Comedy to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s La Divina Mimesis
  21. Ronald de Rooy: A Cardboard Dante: Hell’s Metropolis Revisited


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